Running The Men’s Health 10,000km Miracle Run at Fort Bonifacio Global City
Once upon a time in August 2007, I blew up to a weight of 185 lbs., which was probably the biggest I’ve ever been. Apparently, even though I played a bit of regular basketball and football (soccer to some) during the weekends, it wasn’t enough to keep me from maintaining a great figure. An unhealthy daily dose of beer left me with a huge beer belly, and I thought that it was time to lose the pounds. After binging on my 36th birthday on September 2007, I decided to quit drinking beer and hard liquor, except maybe for an occasional glass(es) of wine.
A good friend and fraternity brother Ias Bernardo invited me and a few brods to try the Men’s Health Urbanathlon at the Fort Bonifacio Global City, which was a 10km run with an obstacle course at the start, middle and end of the race. Feeling that I was a bit in shape with the frequent football and basketball, I gave it a try. My goal – to just cross the finish line in a not-so-embarrassing place. I didn’t do that bad.
Ias then suggested to join the Subic Marathon, which had 3km/5km/10km events, a half-marathon 21km and a full-marathon 42km. We made plans to run the 21km. I began training with the treadmill at Fitness First, kept away from the booze, and kept a regular run of 10km every visit. I probably ran around 40km a week.
Anyway, at the date of the Subic Marathon, I managed to run 14km and walk the rest of the 7km, finishing in about 2 hours and 30 minutes. I had to walk the rest of the 7km due to cramps that were threatening to disable me. I had made the mistake of charging the uphill road past the Subic Airport, and paid the price for it with a really bad case of lactic acid build-up. I tried my best to stretch it off, but it was just there. Each time I tried to run, a spasm would crawl up my calves, and if I tried to force it, I eventually would’ve been disabled and wouldn’t even cross the finish line. At least, I got to finish, and at least I wasn’t really dead last. I did treat myself to a beer after.
The weight loss was awesome, and I had gone down to about 165, dropping twenty pounds. My good friend Geoff Eigenmann suggested I try boxing if I really wanted to lose weight, and I did. He took me to Elorde Boxing Gym at Sucat, and in one session, I burned something like 5 pounds and was extremely addicted. This was better than running. Of course, boxers cross-train by running to get their stamina, and it was fun to mix running with boxing – perfect! On the downside, Elorde Sucat is just right next to Marty’s – a bar and restaurant that has cheap beer and a really awesome crispy pata. The trainers and boxers at Elorde have a knack of sweating tons in the gym, and jumping over to Marty’s for a quick brew-ski. The yummy taste of beer after being away from it for a few months just invited me back. And well, that was the end of my no-beer diet!
So I went back to drinking. Not as much as the fish I once was, but still I went back to the beer, and a little bit of the hard stuff. No problem – some run, some boxing and goodbye 10 pounds! In fact, the boxing and running was so effective that even with the occasional beers, I managed to stick to a weight of 145 lbs.
The beer eventually became more frequent and when I ran at the Anta 10km at the Fort Bonifacio Global City, I had just consumed countless amounts of alcohol at Martini’s and Embassy. I pulled out of Embassy at 5am, walked across the street to register, and tried to run the intoxication away. I actually had trouble completing the 10km, which took me around 1 hour 10 minutes what usually took me around 50 minutes. What else could you expect – no sleep. no rest. drunk. I felt the cramps threatening the calves 200 meters before the finish line, but was relieved to finish it – the booze reeking with the sweat.
I haven’t joined any other runs since then, but I do still try and run at least 10km every week, either do 5km twice, or do a 10km during the weekend. I mix the run when I train for boxing. However, since the end of July and since the rain has been more frequent, I haven’t had much time to run or train. And sadly, I’ve been drinking a bit more often. I just can’t skip the temptation of the rainy day weather and a cold beer(s). Thus, I have a bit of a beer belly at 155lbs.
This Sunday, August 17, 2008, Men’s Health Magazine will be hosting The Miracle Run at the Fort Bonifacio Global City. The goal is to finish 10,000km. Yup, you read that right! 10,000km. But, of course, not on my lonesome. Men’s Health will be expecting around 1,000 runners to run 10km each for a cumulative distance of 10,000km. For every finisher, Men’s Health will donate P200 to the GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc. If all the runners finish the course, the event will donate a minimum of Php200,000.
Participants to the event may register as an individual and complete the entire 10km race course, or else as a team of two, with each team member taking turns to run 5km each. Onsite registration will be strictly from 4:30am to 5:30am only, and the race will begin at exactly 6:30am. Registration costs P350, and will include a race kit, which usually comes with a commemorative shirt and lots of goodies.
I hope to run the 10km, and do better than the last 10km I ran which was under the influence of too much alcohol. I haven’t been drinking as of late, and I’ve been watching my diet. So, on a personal level, I want to do better. Anyone else up for a Sunday morning run?